The Defilers (1965)
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This would have been completely unwatchable in color, but B/W lends itself to this kind of material. The barbarous freedom of the two young men is pretty frightening (especially in '65). I've seen a number of 60's "exploitation" flicks and this one scores some points (acting, mood, cinematography) and slightly better than most. THE AGONY OF LOVE is one of the better ones with Pat Barrington.
Of the two features, "the Defilers" is the'better' of the two, almost artistic in some sections, and although it's very tame by today's standards, I personally think it is a thousand times more sensual and interesting than the pro-forma 'erotic thrillers' the industry turns out today.
Something Weird doesn't do much with fixing the print which is jumpy and bad but it's still well worth a look if you love sleazy drive in fare. The film captures an awkward age between the sexual revolution and the early century moral values. "We need a CAPER!" & "I said KICKS! KICKS! not chicks, sheesh, next you'll be suggesting BEER!" Good movie for those who like this sort of thing.
Terrible acting but yet still interesting to watch.
** (out of 4)
Friends Carl (Byron Mabe) and Jameison (Jerome Eden) have a lot of great things going for themselves and especially when it comes to women. They've slept with most of the ones in town but when they meet Jane (Mai Jansson) they have different plans for her. Those plans include kidnapping her and forcing her into a warehouse where they're going to hold her as a sex slave. THE DEFILERS often gets called one of the best "roughies" from this period and I will admit that it's a notch or two above most but it's still far from a "good" film. I've always found these roughies to be a rather strange genre but what's even stranger is how popular they were back in the day. The female abuse here is all over the map but there's an early scene where a woman doesn't behave so the guy pulls her panties down right there and spanks her very violently. There are a few other scenes of women being slapped around but there's nothing overly graphic here. The rape sequences all take place off camera so there's nothing like that either. There is plenty of female nudity all around as every woman in the cast takes her clothes off at some point. The performances aren't all that bad and there are a few good touches from the director. THE DEFILERS isn't the greatest film in the world but it's certainly not the worse either. Fans of the genre should enjoy it.
The defilers of the title are a couple of aimless "blood brothers", Carl Walker Jr(Byron Mabe) & Jameison Marsh(Jerome Eden), privileged young men who would smoke dope, gulp some beer, and score with chicks. The defiled is an outsider from Minnesota, Jane Collins(Mai Jansson) hoping to fulfill her dreams, like so many young women, in Hollywood as a star or model. For their amusement and joy, Carl(..quite well known for playing rough with dames)influences Jameison into kidnapping Jane, imprisoning her in a vile, miserable basement located in his pops' warehouse. She's subjected to rape and attacks, slowly withering away as Carl continues tormenting her, a sadistic sex fiend who overpowers her, feeding Jane scraps brought from home. Soon Jameison(..after molesting her numb body, Jane staring at the ceiling due to a weakened state, unable to resist anymore)has had enough, urging Carl to end their mistreatment, allowing her to go free. But, Carl, the sadist that he is, has other plans for her, culminating in a brawl between long-time friends.
I can't say I was head-over-heels for THE DEFILERS because it's essentially a series of make-out sessions with tops removed showing bare breasts. It was okay at first, because the curvy gals were attractive, but the whole ordeal becomes rather repetitive and tedious. And, before the film really ever gets underway, the opening shows a group of young people, girlfriends accompanying Carl and Jameison to Malibu Beach, which seems little more than filler, as does Jane's arrival to Hollywood where the filmmakers basically show a travelogue of the city's memorable sights. The film is only 67 minutes, and about half is devoted to filler with only a small portion focused on Jane's traumatic experience of sexual slavery at the hands of Carl and Jameison. I'm sure the important ingredients for the audience this film aims to please are orchestrated well enough. You have plenty of slow disrobing scenes, two violent spankings by Carl to the bare asses of victims, Jane's strip & bubble bath, and the violent fracas that explodes with a tragic conclusion. Some shapely ladies in the cast makes this junk tolerable. Shot in evocative B&W which does, I have to admit, give THE DEFILERS an allure. The pacing in this film is my main criticism, and Lee Frost could've certainly "cut the fat" to make THE DEFILERS more easy to digest.
Badly done and boring when not downright sickening. Most of the beatings are staged (badly) and heard but not seen, but Johnson's screams and crying sound way too realistic. The scene where she submits to Eden sexually is haunting--the look on her face will never leave me. She's not the only one tortured--many other woman are bitten (!!), slapped, beaten and in one truly disgusting sequence, a woman has her bare bottom hit again and again and again...To make the scene worse, she likes it and willingly has sex with the man who beat her!
Mabe is just dreadful as the lead psycho. His laughing and overacting quickly got annoying. Eden was actually quite good as the other one. He showed some good acting ability and actually gave credibility to some lousy dialogue. Johnson wasn't that good acting but, as I said, she was very realistic while being tortured. There's also tons of gratuitous female nudity (mostly topless) and a blaring score which gave me a headache.
Sick, pointless and dull--a truly terrible film.